A New Year…a new opportunity to focus on what matters most

Focus on what matters most

My word this year is ‘focus’. When a person is focused on something, they’re paying attention to it. When a camera lens or your eyes are focused, they’ve made the adjustments needed to see clearly. When a beam of light is focused on a thing, it’s shining on that one thing. I am challenging myself to focus and shine the light on what matters most.

Like many of you, I am easily distracted.

“Squirrel! Did you see that?”

Distractions

How many times a day does that happen to you? For me, it feels like a constant phenomenon, always on alert, ready to turn to the next shiny object.

Staying focused can be difficult when you are surrounded by constant distraction. In today’s always-connected world, diversions are but a click away. Even during quiet moments, distraction is literally at your fingertips as you find yourself checking your Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts. In order for us to direct our efforts to learning new things, achieving goals, and performing well across a wide variety of situations, we need to be able to focus.

researchers tell us that attention and focus are the raw materials of human creativity and flourishing. Even with all of the automation seen today, creative problem-solving, novel solutions and the kind of human ingenuity that comes from focusing deeply on the task at hand iscritical to our success.

Throughout this year I’ll share what I’m learning about focus, clarity, execution and growth!

Here’s the first!

Building your concentration and focus

Practice concentration by turning off all distractions and committing your attention to one task. Start small, maybe five minutes per day, and work up to larger chunks of time. If you find your mind wandering, just return to the task at hand. In doing so, you are building mental focus and making it stronger with continued practice. By building your mental focus, you will find that you are able to accomplish more and concentrate on what matters most in life that truly bring you success, joy, and growth.

Pam